1-800-282-2882. I can quote it straight from memory. In the old days, I called a thousand times, getting through once. I was placed on hold – for a while – and then told the segment was ending. I never got to talk with Rush. But I did listen. The perpetually jammed phone lines were a testament to his unending popularity. Today, he is dead at age 70.

Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio and politics in his decades behind the microphone, helping shape the modern-day Republican Party, died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.

Everyone on the right owes Rush a huge debt of gratitude. We can repay it by keeping up the fight. I’ll have a few words about this on PPN this Friday. Rest in peace, Doctor of Democracy. All of us across the fruited plane will miss you.